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入室します。

C : どうぞ。

B : ではこれから面接を始めます。

A : First, please tell me your name and where you live.

My name is …. I live in Jiyugaoka, Setagaya. I’m so nervous now.

(試験官はみな微笑む。)

A : Nice to meet you, Kyoko.

Nice to meet you, too.

A : When and where can you see cherry blossoms?

Well, we can see cherry blossoms from late May to early April.
(緊張のあまりMarchとMayを間違えた。)

We can see cherry blossoms all over Japan.

A : Can you recommend any good places for seeing cherry blossoms?

I like Chidorigafuchi. It’s near Yasukuni Shrine.
(もっといい説明をしたかったが、思いつかなかった。)

B : Then next question. Who is the most important person in Japanese history?

(考えたことのない問題で、戸惑う。)
I’ve never thought about that before … but …
(しばらく考えて)

… for a long time, the emperor has been said to be the most important person in Japanees history, but now I think commoners, or ordinary people, are the most important.

(試験官Bがうなずいて下さり、ホッとする。)

B : OK. What kind of job do Japanese children these days want to do in the future?

(何だかよく分からなかったので)

Every year, newspapers report the kind of jobs children aspire to, and I’ve read that kind of article before but I don’t remember very well. Maybe a soccer player is popular …

B : Why do you think a soccer player is popular?

Because I’ve noticed that many boys wear soccer uniforms recently.

B : Not baseball, but soccer? Why?

Maybe because they think soccer is more exciting than baseball, and soccer heroes seem to be more fashionable, I think.

(考えてみると試験官Bが野球ファンだとこの答えはあまりよくなかったかも。。。)

B : What is the most important custom that foreigners should know about in Japan?

I think it’s the custom of taking off your shoes when entering homes.

B : Why do Japanese do that?

It’s because Japanese people want to keep their house very clean.

B : Are there any other customs?

In business settings, it is important to have business cards.

B : Why is that important?

Because we are very conscious about other people’s titles and positions.

B : Please tell me about the climate in Japan.

We have four clear-cut seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Summer is very hot and humid. Winter is dry and cold. There is also a rainy season before summer.



 
 
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